Six Teens Killed Two Injured When SUV Crashes Into Pond


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Six Teens were killed and two were injured in Northeastern Ohio when the SUV they were in, jumped a guard rail and landed in a pond.  According to Lt. Anne Ralston of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the accident, which involved only the one vehicle, occurred near Warren, Ohio.  The Ohio State Highway Patrol identified those killed as Alexis Cayson, 19; Andrique Bennett, 14; Kirklan M. Behner, 15; Daylan Ray, 15; Brandon A. Murray, 17; and Ramone M. White, 15. All were from Warren.  Five of the deceased teens were found still in the Honda Passport, at the bottom of the pond.  The sixth victim was found underneath the vehicle.  According to the highway patrol, the two survivors were able to escape and call 911 from a nearby residence.  None of the teens were wearing seatbelts, and the Honda was overloaded.  While there is an ongoing investigation, it doesn’t take a long, drawn out investigation to realize the driver was speeding and driving beyond his/her capability.  The fact that so many teens were loaded in to an SUV demonstrates there was no parental supervision or it was lacking at best.  Whoever owned the SUV, provided the means necessary to end all of those young lives.  This story is similar to one that took place in the neighborhood where I was raised. A car load of teens, acquaintances, were speeding down a single lane street, when the driver lost control of the vehicle.  It too jumped the guard rail and landed at the bottom of the inlet.  One young girl was miraculously saved from the almost freezing water.  The other four occupants were killed. The point of telling this story is even at sixteen, I wasn’t surprised when I drove by the chaotic scene and watched as they pulled the bodies from the submerged car.  Shouldn’t the adults in these kids lives understand the dangers of giving their kids a car?  Incidents such as these while common, could be avoided if only parents exercised some common sense.  The number one killer of people under the age of twenty-five on Long Island is car accidents.  We can only hope there are parents who read this story and take precautions to avoid such a tragedy.  Saying no to your immature or irresponsible children is certainly acceptable, preferable and just good parenting.

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